Author Topic: Arcadeflow theme v 8.0 [Release] Updated 6 June 2020  (Read 96496 times)

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Re: Arcadeflow theme v 7.8 [Release] Updated 19 May 2020
« Reply #900 on: May 21, 2020, 12:35:30 AM »
I bet this is the most sophisticated, feature rich theme available on any front end, not just attract mode. Amazing work.

Thank you! It's great to see people appreciate this work :) Honestly the user interface of Arcadeflow is getting a bit confusing, I'm thinking of some changes but I'm not even sure what to do :D Before that, I'm also investigating some new features for users with a keyboard, like instant multi-field search when you start typing something, or instant jump on the sorted lists.

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Re: Arcadeflow theme v 7.8 [Release] Updated 19 May 2020
« Reply #901 on: May 21, 2020, 01:09:12 AM »
Thank you! It's great to see people appreciate this work :) Honestly the user interface of Arcadeflow is getting a bit confusing, I'm thinking of some changes but I'm not even sure what to do :D Before that, I'm also investigating some new features for users with a keyboard, like instant multi-field search when you start typing something, or instant jump on the sorted lists.

Everything can be improved and bug fixed forever, especially software, but I don't think that Arcadeflow is confusing. The multitude of options, settings, data and the smooth execution are what makes Arcadeflow a 'Power user-Theme' or a 'Power-Theme' and this is exactly what front end "power users" are seeking.
At the end of the day, it is what it is and it's doing it superbly!

That being said, if you feel that things are getting complicated, it's a good idea to take a step back from development and just use AF, without changing anything, for a week or two. Temporarily go user side 100%. This will give you a broad view of the current situation, let your mind time to evaluate and process ideas for version 8.
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Re: Arcadeflow theme v 7.8 [Release] Updated 19 May 2020
« Reply #902 on: May 22, 2020, 01:11:10 AM »
Everything can be improved and bug fixed forever, especially software, but I don't think that Arcadeflow is confusing.

Good to know :) But you are right, everything can be improved forever, and that's the fun part of all this :D

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That being said, if you feel that things are getting complicated, it's a good idea to take a step back from development and just use AF, without changing anything, for a week or two. Temporarily go user side 100%. This will give you a broad view of the current situation, let your mind time to evaluate and process ideas for version 8.

Excellent advice, that's exactly what I did in the past, and it helped me develop some nice feature like "more of the same..." and later the "multifilter" menu. I've been just playing games for the last week using AF, and found that I kept using the multifilter a lot instead of searches. It basically covers what "more of the same" and "categoy menu" do, that's why I'm thinking of revisiting a bit the UI.

I also noticed that I don't like the on-screen keyboard when I have a physical keyboard on my laptop, so I'm doing some changes there too, the on screen keyboard will react to "physical" keyboard too, while all the function that now require a physical keyboard (like some options) will use the same on screen/physical UI too.

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Re: Arcadeflow theme v 7.8 [Release] Updated 19 May 2020
« Reply #903 on: May 25, 2020, 03:14:48 AM »
Speaking of new features and things that makes your gaming life easier... I was wondering wether the current search menu is a bit too overwrought. I mean, you have to chose where you want to search (title, manufacturer year etc) and only then enter or type your search.

Wouldn't it be much better to call the search function and just start typing your search term, and the layout will show you all the results of a multi-search done by year, manufacturer and title? The issue is there's no way I can show results grouped by search field, so if you search for "capcom" you'll have "Capcom vs Street Fighter" together with all other games that have capcom as manufacturer.

What do you think?

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Re: Arcadeflow theme v 7.8 [Release] Updated 19 May 2020
« Reply #904 on: May 25, 2020, 06:21:08 AM »
hmm,  lets think,,,  yep your right...

one button push ,,,type.   sounds great
help a friend....

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Re: Arcadeflow theme v 7.8 [Release] Updated 19 May 2020
« Reply #905 on: May 26, 2020, 02:04:49 AM »
Speaking of new features and things that makes your gaming life easier... I was wondering wether the current search menu is a bit too overwrought. I mean, you have to chose where you want to search (title, manufacturer year etc) and only then enter or type your search.

Wouldn't it be much better to call the search function and just start typing your search term, and the layout will show you all the results of a multi-search done by year, manufacturer and title? The issue is there's no way I can show results grouped by search field, so if you search for "capcom" you'll have "Capcom vs Street Fighter" together with all other games that have capcom as manufacturer.

What do you think?

I think it's an excellent idea, because if you categorized precisely your games as I do (puzzledrop, puzzle, puzzlematch, puzzlemaze), you have multiples choices currently. But with the system you told us, I cna type puzzle and got all the games listed above !

By the way, can you make the filter search clear itself when you quit AM ? Because the next launch after I put a filter, I was searching for about 10 minutes a game which was masked by the filter, and Iwondered why I can't find my game before I remember I have put a filter the day beore ;)

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Re: Arcadeflow theme v 7.8 [Release] Updated 19 May 2020
« Reply #906 on: May 26, 2020, 02:59:54 AM »
By the way, can you make the filter search clear itself when you quit AM ? Because the next launch after I put a filter, I was searching for about 10 minutes a game which was masked by the filter, and Iwondered why I can't find my game before I remember I have put a filter the day beore ;)

Oh right, it happens to me all the time :D I'll put an option for that...

In the new version I'm cleaning up the category menu too, I'm decoupling it from searches so you can both select a category from the menu _and_ do a search in the resulting list. There will be a clear visual clue for that, so you won't forget you have search or category enabled :O

Of course you can also add multifilter to the mix.
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Re: Arcadeflow theme v 7.8 [Release] Updated 19 May 2020
« Reply #907 on: May 26, 2020, 09:47:11 AM »
I think it's an excellent idea, because if you categorized precisely your games as I do (puzzledrop, puzzle, puzzlematch, puzzlemaze), you have multiples choices currently. But with the system you told us, I cna type puzzle and got all the games listed above !

Filter frenzy preview: in the picture I first selected a "more of the same manufacturer" (from a Konami game), then applied a multifilter to select a year, then chose from the category menu "Shooter / Flying Horizontal". And on top of that the quick search for the "TH" terms.
I have a beta almost ready ;)

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Re: Arcadeflow theme v 7.8 [Release] Updated 19 May 2020
« Reply #908 on: May 28, 2020, 02:25:20 AM »
I like the new on-screen keyboard so much that I decided to delay a bit the new release to try and create a new tag management system where Arcadeflow will interact directly with the attract mode folders. That will allow you to enter new tags without using a physical keyboard!

Maybe I should release 7.9 as is, and wait 8.0 for the new tags :D

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Re: Arcadeflow theme v 7.8 [Release] Updated 19 May 2020
« Reply #909 on: May 28, 2020, 02:27:56 AM »
We can wait for an awesome 8.0, AF is already amazing:)

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Re: Arcadeflow theme v 7.9 [Release] Updated 29 May 2020
« Reply #910 on: May 29, 2020, 08:29:56 AM »
Arcadeflow 7.9 is out!

Lots of changes in user experience and under the hood. A new on-screen keyboard that works on every text entry, new smarter search with no need to specify the search field, better display of active search/filter terms in the UI. Plus, a new tags management that always gives you the possibility to add "Completed" tag, and lets you add new tags using an on-screen keyboard... which doubles as a text entry field for real keyboards.

So many changes, hopefully not so many bugs, but I'm sure you'll be quick in reporting them so we can squash them to death :D

Enjoy!

P.S.: and while you enjoy the sweet version 7.9, I'm already working on a couple of new features for 8.0... "sort by last played" and "sort by last favourite". I can't wait :D
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Re: Arcadeflow theme v 7.9 [Release] Updated 29 May 2020
« Reply #911 on: May 29, 2020, 11:06:49 AM »
This man is a real machine  ;D

Arcade Flow 7.8 installed on my cabinet, the virtual keyboard is a really great addition !!! (but you don't love AZERTY ? :D)

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Re: Arcadeflow theme v 7.9 [Release] Updated 29 May 2020
« Reply #912 on: May 29, 2020, 11:21:12 AM »
(but you don't love AZERTY ? :D)

Hmm never thought about that :D I like onscreen keyboards in alphabetical order but I can always add AZERTY as an option in 8.0 :D :D :D

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Re: Arcadeflow theme v 7.9 [Release] Updated 29 May 2020
« Reply #913 on: May 29, 2020, 11:51:44 AM »
For French people like me it will be a nicer layout ;)

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Re: Arcadeflow theme v 7.9 [Release] Updated 29 May 2020
« Reply #914 on: June 01, 2020, 02:30:42 AM »
What would user think of a layout that warns you when updates are available? And maybe offers you the chance to update to the latest version "automatically"? Just thinking of what could be done with the System command and some wget trickery...